This Deadly Smog Also Drains Your Brain

September 2nd, 2014
It’s almost impossible to get away from… But each breath of polluted air you breathe could be doing major damage to your brain—and killing cognitive function.

Last week we told you that air pollution could be causing major damage to your heart. But there’s another reason to avoid this gross—and dangerous—pollution…

The offenders—once again—are PM2.5. They’re the same particles that can increase your odds of having an irregular heartbeat by over 40%. But research also links these deadly particles to cognitive decline in the U.S.

Researchers found people living in high-pollution areas had 1.5 times higher error rates on cognitive tests. But this “high-pollution” wasn’t as high as you would think…

The average PM2.5 score in subjects’ environments was 13.8 micrograms per cubic meter. That’s just above the EPA’s air quality 12 microgram standard. But pollution started lowering test scores—and cognitive function—at just 15 micrograms.

If this 1.2 microgram difference is enough to affect your how your brain works, imagine what high levels of it can do…

Experts believe PM2.5 may affect your brain by harming your heart. When your heart health is poor, your brain suffers. It may not be getting enough oxygen and nutrients from the blood your heart pumps out. This can be a real problem for older adults. They may already be dealing with cognitive decline that begins in the brain… But heart damage that carries over to the brain could make things even worse.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways to lower your exposure to air pollution… And you don’t have to live in a city to be at risk. Just living close enough to a railroad, highway, or airport may be enough. This is the case for more than 50 million people in the U.S. alone. Even the EPA admits that 1-in-3 Americans are at high risk for PM2.5-related health effects… This risk may be even greater in the elderly—and in children. But you can start protecting—even boosting—your brain today.

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This Everyday Electrolyte is a Heart Hero

It’s a mineral you’ll find in the foods your body craves. And new research shows it may help keep your heart out of harm’s way. But you’ll need the right form…

Almost half of people who find out their heart is failing die within just five years.1 But your doctor may not be much help.

They might help ease some of your symptoms. But they won’t help you live any longer. Now new research shows there’s a natural solution that may do just that.

Five Probiotic-Packed Fermented Foods

Fermented foods come with some major health benefits. Here are the top five probiotic-packed fermented foods.

A few days ago we told you probiotics may help you prevent high blood pressure. It could be one of the easiest things you do to help protect your heart. But the benefits of probiotics go way beyond heart health… It’s a long list of perks—from a whiter smile to easing allergies.

Getting enough probiotics isn’t always easy. Most people rely on yogurts. They don’t provide nearly enough and are usually loaded with sugar. This deletes all the benefits anyway. Some people take supplements. It’s a good idea. But fermented foods are another option. Lucky for us, their rising popularity is making them easier to find.

Here are our top five probiotic-packed fermented foods:

Protect Your Heart With Bacteria

Probiotics may be one of the easiest ways to help shield your heart from this deadly condition… Even if you’re already living with it.

As Health Watch readers you know how important probiotics are for independent healing.

Their main job is to help balance and replenish your gut bacteria. This helps keep your immune system strong against invading germs. Gut balance is also critical for proper digestion. It can even help you lose body fat. But the benefits of probiotics go further than that…